Core Team

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Rohit Kumar, Co-founder

Alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School of Government and IIT Bombay, Rohit served as the Head of Policy and Research at the office of Mr. Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha). In addition to supervising research at Mr. Panda’s office, Rohit was responsible for working with central/state governments and non-governmental organisations on development projects. He has worked for several years with PRS Legislative Research, the Indian think-tank that supports MPs across party lines with research on legislative and policy issues. At PRS, Rohit also developed ‘MP Track’, a tool that is widely used by the media and civil society to track engagement of MPs in Parliament. Before shifting to policy, he was a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) at their Mumbai office. He is a 2013 IPRYLI (India-Pakistan Regional Young Leaders Initiative) fellow with the Asia Society.


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Aparajita Bharti, Co-founder

With a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Oxford University, Aparajita has rich experience in policy and communications. In her previous role, she was Manager, Corporate Affairs and Communications at Snapdeal where she was responsible for media messaging and engagement, in addition to providing inputs on policy and legislative issues that affect the digital commerce sector. She has worked as a Legislative Assistant to Mr. N.K. Singh, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and was one of the four Indians selected for the Faiths Act Fellowship by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation in 2011. In her undergraduate years at the College of Business Studies, Delhi University, Aparajita was instrumental in starting ‘Manthan’ – an annual congregation of street theatre societies to spread social awareness across India. Manthan has now expanded to 15+ towns and cities. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper from the New Delhi hub.


Renjini Rajagopalan, Research Manager

Renjini Rajagopalan is a lawyer with an LLB from the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi and an LLM in Human Rights Law from the London School of Economics. A former LAMP fellow, she has worked as a legislative aide to Indian Parliamentarians Ms. Kanimozhi & Mr. Deepender Singh Hooda. Most recently, she led policy at MPower, a Development Advisory for Parliamentarians where she provided policy support to 20+ MPs from the ruling coalition, in addition to helping them conceptualize development projects for their constituencies. In her earlier foray into human rights, she worked for Detention Action London aiding refugees & asylum seekers. She’s also been previously associated with the Center for Public Policy Research where she was the founding-member of ‘Reinventing Cochin’, the predecessor to CPPR’s Center for Urban Studies, and helped pilot CPPR’s Public Policy Research Methods School – a residential programme for global policy researchers.


Sukhmani Grover, Engagement Manager

Sukhmani is a development strategist and practitioner with extensive experience at the intersection of policy, grassroots mobilisation and active citizenship. She is a graduate from the College of Business Studies, University of Delhi and holds an MA in Sociology. Previously, as part of the leadership team at Haiyya Foundation, she expanded the organisation’s reach at the grassroots level and gave strategic direction to its youth led community projects and campaigns. Haiyya’s goal was to equip leaders with the skills necessary to build collective power in local communities to demand accountable and responsive governance on issues such as sanitation, environment, health and gender etc. Sukhmani has also worked with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation on experiential learning and with UNICEF for building a citizen’s charter. She learnt community organising from the Harvard Kennedy School under the mentorship of Prof. Marshall Ganz.


Abhinav Saikia, Public Policy Analyst

Abhinav is an alumnus of BITS-Pilani. Prior to YLAC, he worked as an Intellectual Property (IP) Consultant at Hourglass Research where his work primarily revolved around advising clients in India and abroad on matters relating to IP value creation, licensing and IP rights enforcement policies. During his stint at Hourglass Research, he worked part-time as a Resident Policy Analyst with NextElection, a community-driven town hall platform for politicians, journalists and citizens. At NextElection he worked on various crucial subjects, such as Minimum Support Price for farmers, regulatory framework for application-based cab aggregators, and pollution in India. Abhinav has also briefly worked with Maadhyam where he analyzed patterns of minority participation in education and employment in India for the purpose of undertaking public consultations on the issue.


Akshay Agarwal, Public Policy Analyst

A former LAMP fellow to Member of Parliament Shri. Jagdambika Pal, Akshay was part of the University of Chicago run International Innovation Corps (IIC) Fellowship, where he worked closely with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka to understand the state’s implementation of government interventions in health and prepare future action plans for the Department. He is a development practitioner with a Master’s in Development from Azim Premji University. His interests lie in environment and ecology, health and nutrition, urban governance and public institutions. He has worked on a project to restructure the Bruhat Bangalore Municipal Corporation and assisted the former Chief Election Commissioner Dr. SY Qureshi on a competitive analysis of electoral practices in South and South-East Asia.


Ameya Kamath, Programs & Communications Officer

Ameya is an education policy and development professional with a Master’s in International Education Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s in Economics from University College London. Although he started his career in Finance and Consulting, a teaching stint at Oxford triggered his passion for education-related programming and policy making. Since then he has consulted for Teach for India, Teach for Mexico and UNICEF Romania on both short and long-term projects. Most recently, Ameya worked at UNESCO Bangkok where he focused on ICT in Education projects and ‘Digital Citizenship’ at scale across the Asia-Pacific region.


Raghav Chopra, Programs & Communications Officer

A former Teach for India fellow and a graduate of Delhi University, Raghav started his career with Google. He applied for a fellowship at Teach for India still unsure of what it meant. But in the two years that Raghav spent teaching students from Delhi’s poorest community, his view of society was tossed upside down. From the most inspiring moments with his students, to the most heartbreaking stories from their homes, the fellowship cemented Raghav’s motivation to spend his most invigorating years in the social sector. And while he forges ahead, the one core value that anchors him is his commitment to ‘education as a definitive means of progress for everyone’. Raghav has briefly worked with EPoD (Evidence for Policy Design) on a project to reduce payment delays for workers under MGNREGA, and led the construction of a school in Ludhiana, Punjab. He is an India ambassador for the Post Cards for Peace, a not-for-profit that promotes the ideas of peace and diversity.


Riddhi Vartak, Partnerships & Outreach Officer

Riddhi is a governance and political affairs professional, with a Master’s (Honours) in Public Policy from the University of Mumbai, an LLB from Government Law College, Mumbai and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Sophia College. Previously, she worked for Praja Foundation where she led the citizen engagement vertical and managed projects for the European Union’s grant to the organization. During her work with the Aam Aadmi Party’s Maharashtra unit, she managed communications, strategy and research for the core team and shadowed the party’s Maharashtra President who was also an ex-Member of Parliament. She has briefly worked on projects with the Government of Maharashtra, specifically the Tribal Affairs and the Women and Child Development departments, on two flagship schemes of the Chief Minister to curb malnutrition in Maharashtra’s tribal districts.


Vanya Gupta, Public Policy Associate

Vanya is an public policy and development professional with a Master’s in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Psychology from Mumbai University. She started her career as an Analyst in the Public Sector and Governance team at PwC, where she analyzed trends in developing economies and conducted research on multiple subjects in the development sector for consulting assignments. She has also worked at the grassroots level to evaluate policy implementation in villages and districts. Most recently, she worked as a research assistant at IDS on the applications of blockchain technology for social impact.


Deepti Juneja, Admin Manager

Deepti holds a Master’s degree in Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in Education. Prior to joining YLAC, Deepti worked with FHI 360 as a documentation consultant in their Urban Health Initiative project based in Mathura. She has also worked as a teacher at the Delhi Public School, Aligarh. At YLAC, her focus areas include establishing and maintaining finance and administrative systems. She also looks after logistics for program implementation.